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E. Protzman

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  • The Birth of Loud

  • Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll
  • By: Ian S. Port
  • Narrated by: Pete Simonelli
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 72

A riveting saga in the history of rock ‘n’ roll: the decades-long rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound - Leo Fender and Les Paul - and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Thoughtful Music History

  • By E. Protzman on 01-23-19

Thoughtful Music History

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-19

Hard to imagine any guitar player or guitar fan not thoroughly enjoying this book. There’s lots to learn. But new facts aren’t a main intention of the author. Rather, this is a very well conceived and disciplined reflection of the promise of the title.
The book’s only flaw is when it veers toward historical fiction by imagining interior feelings, weather specifics and facial expressions these men may well have experienced but they play out as subjective decorative guesses.
However it is easy to recommend this book and know that if the title intrigues you you’ll get the promised story and it is a delightful contribution to 20th-century music history.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • 7 Lessons from Heaven

  • How Dying Taught Me to Live a Joy-Filled Life
  • By: Mary C. Neal MD
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221

Dr. Mary Neal's unforgettable account of a 1999 kayaking accident that took her life, and what happened next, has riveted more than a million listeners. But something happened as she shared her story in the years since. Not only did Neal realize she had more to tell, she discovered she had yet to answer the biggest question of all: How does knowing heaven is real change our lives on Earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eye opening

  • By Deb on 10-17-17

Part A, Part B

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

Part A, the vast majority of this book, is compelling and inspiring. I keep reading books on this topic and this is my favorite. I come away from these books with at least the lowest level achieved, “I know they believe what they’re writing“. This book I find more compelling. I believe what she says is true.
Part B needs to be evaluated by the reader. I am a recovering engineer and find this step-by-step process to trusting God to be too wooden. And probably too demanding and complicated. However if you are inclined to give it a run there would be nothing counterproductive in it. If you were the right person for her prescription, it likely would be is life-changing as she says.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Desert Solitaire

  • A Season in the Wilderness
  • By: Edward Abbey
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,372

When Desert Solitaire was first published in 1968, it became the focus of a nationwide cult. Rude and sensitive. Thought-provoking and mystical. Angry and loving. Both Abbey and this book are all of these and more. Here, the legendary author of The Monkey Wrench Gang, Abbey's Road and many other critically acclaimed books vividly captures the essence of his life during three seasons as a park ranger in southeastern Utah.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can Not Believe I Have Never Read This Book....

  • By kindle on 06-20-15

A big broad view of the west

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-15

A book that re shaped all my thoughts of the dessert and many of the west. Acerbic, insightful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Tim Robbins
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,726
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,108

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald's portrait of the Jazz Age in all its decadence and excess, is, as editor Maxwell Perkins praised it in 1924, "a wonder". It remains one of the most widely read, translated, admired, imitated, and studied 20th-century works of American fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something you won't fall asleep to...

  • By Mrs. Jewell on 01-18-05

Why Audiobooks Rock

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-17-10

The debate over text to speech being anything similar to a "performance" (as the law is attempting to distinguish) is completely put to rest here. If you have only seen the movie then you owe it to yourself to find out the complete story and the complete character(s) of Gatsby. The performance brings this book to life. One of the best readings of any book I have heard (out of hundreds). Tim Robbins, not usually a favorite of mine, is perfect. A genuinely subtle and penetrating reading of Gatsby. Voices for each character that are spot on. So often narrators changing voices draws too much attention to itself. Not here. Highly recommended.

  • A Farewell to Arms

  • By: Ernest Hemingway
  • Narrated by: John Slattery
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,923

The best American novel to emerge from World War I, A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is not unabridged

  • By Valerian on 06-17-11

Audiobook experience at the highest level

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-09

This always remarkable book comes alive with this reading. I love audio books for their convenience and I get through many more books in audio format than I do with physical books. Comparing what I get from sitting in a chair reading to listening to a book generally is a toss up for me often with reading the book getting a slight edge. But once in a while the audio format far exceeds the page turning experience. This book is a perfect example of how well audio books can be done.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • The French Revolution

  • 1789 - 1799
  • By: Leo Gershoy
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 3 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 12

In 1789 a group of sober-minded, concerned citizens set in motion a series of events which were to end up leading to the deaths of thousands of perfectly innocent persons. How did this reasonable movement of level-headed civic leaders spin out of control? At a glance, the French Revolution appears a bewildering series of political factions sweeping in and out of power, massacre and counter-massacre, terror and guillotine, and one economic crisis following another.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good overview

  • By Larry on 11-15-05

Ponderous

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-06

History in sloooow motion. Pretentious reading weighs down a great subject.

4 of 7 people found this review helpful